Île Fourchue

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Île Fourchue
Nickname: Five Islands
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Île Fourchue.
Île Fourchue is located in Saint Barthélemy
Île Fourchue
Île Fourchue
Île Fourchue is located in Lesser Antilles
Île Fourchue
Île Fourchue
Île Fourchue is located in Caribbean
Île Fourchue
Île Fourchue
Geography
LocationCaribbean
Coordinates17°57′30″N 62°54′00″W / 17.95833°N 62.90000°W / 17.95833; -62.90000Coordinates: 17°57′30″N 62°54′00″W / 17.95833°N 62.90000°W / 17.95833; -62.90000
ArchipelagoLeeward Islands, Lesser Antilles
Adjacent bodies of waterSaint Barthélemy Channel
Area0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi)
Highest elevation103 m (338 ft)[1]
Administration
Demographics
Population0
Additional information
Time zone
Nature Reserve of Saint Bartholomew
Réserve Naturelle de Saint-Barthélemy
IUCN category II (national park)
LocationSaint Barthélemy
Area1,200 ha (3,000 acres)
Established1996 (1996)
Governing bodyGrenat Association
Websitereservenaturellestbarth.com/en


Île Fourchue, also known as Île Fourche is an island between Saint-Barthélemy and Saint Martin, belonging to the Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy. The island's inside is privately owned. It is located northwest of the island of St. Barthelemy about 5 kilometers from it. Previously, Fourchue Island was called Five Islands because of prominent five peaks visible from the distance. The highest point is 103 meter above sea level. It is situated within Réserve naturelle nationale de Saint-Barthélemy.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The only inhabitants are some goats.

History[edit]

Fourchue Island is known as the retreat of Balthazar Biguard, an immigrant from Marseille fleeing the French Revolution, Saint-Barthélemy being at that time Swedish territory. He ended up acquiring Swedish citizenship, living apart from the rest of the world and passing the Fourchue with his crossbred sons the last 14 years of his long life. He died in 1827 at the age of 85 and is buried on this island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ile Fourchue". Wikimapia. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ A description of the island